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Brasserie Cantillon, Brussels

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Try a family recipe for Iambic brews at Brasserie Cantillon, where beer has been brewed since 1900. The family-owned brewery has made beer the same way since the early 20th century, except for the addition of organic ingredients in 1999. The lambic is Belgium's specialty beer, which uses uncontrolled fermentation from local yeast varieties. The beverage that this creates sometimes looks foggy and has a sweet, smooth flavor. Learn how three types of lambic are brewed: kriek, faro, and gueuze. Taste one, or all, after a brewery tour. Individual tours are available at any time throughout the day, and the small admission fee includes a free glass of beer. Additional glasses of beer cost a few extra euros. To visit Brasserie Cantillon and other attractions in Brussels, use our Brussels trip generator.
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  • Cantillon beers are among the best in Belgium. But I never knew you could visit the brewery. So glad I found out. The location seems strange now, in the very multi cultural area around the old Anderle...  more »
  • Some of the reviews here are just laughable. If you don't like Lambic beer why go to a place that only brews Lambic beers, and then slate it because you didn't like the beer? DUH! Like vegetarians goi...  more »
  • Let me start by saying that I'm a beer lover and I produce alone, I don't stop in front of elaborate or spicy but the beers lambic. The place is very beautiful a historic family-run brewery. A cute guy leads us to visit the production of spontaneously fermented beers. I just came back to the "typical" of malt, but on the contrary an acid smell I enters the nose as in old wineries. After seeing the production with ancient plant and the fermentation tank back downstairs to sample beer brewed lambic. Proposed various types, we sit down to taste. We serve in wine goblets type the mythical lambic ... honestly rather than a beer seemed a juice of mapo. Bitter, sour to SIP slowly, 3 types of beer tasted indistinguishable among themselves because their acidity. I recommend it for the post and for lovers of Lambic. If you are looking for the classic Belgian Trappist beers then is not for you.
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  • I mean... What is there to say? This is why we came to Brussels in the first place. The place was full of Americans, and we met some nice guys from the States. We had 5 or 6 bottles and a few small pours. If you come here, bring TUMS. I am not kidding... These beers will tear you up! The staff is nice, the price is right, and the experience is unforgettable. Come thirsty, leave happy. Cheers!
  • I went there with some friends because we like beer. But what we got offered there was not beer at all. Cantillon beer should be declared as a mix between champagne and vinegar, and that's what it smells like. The brewery is also quite small and you have to do the tour by yourown so it is definitively not worth paying the entrance. There are better hotspots for beer lovers, avoid this place if you love beer.
  • Arguable worth the visit to Brussels alone, Cantilion is another beer lover pilgrimage site in Belgium. They are one of the few remaining wild yeast lambic breweries left in Belgium, much less the world and are famous for being some of the best sour beers available. The brewery is not much to look at, though there is a self guided tour for those who are interested. The tour comes with some free tastings. For those who would like some more, there is a quasi bar set up among the brewery. It is a very informal place in a more run down neighborhood of Brussels. However it is completely walkable if you are staying in the old town or by the Grand Palace.
  • If visiting Brussels this is a must visit spot. This is the last spontaneous fermentation brewery in Brussels and offers a self guided tour with a detailed booklet to explain each room. At the end of the tour stay and have a glass or two in their bar and watch the activity of a working brewery going on around you. Closed Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • Honestly thought I was in the wrong place to begin with. A dirty old back road on the outskirts of Brussels centre (albeit a stones throw away from Gare Midi). It looked closed and uninspiring. Then I tried the door. Welcome to Alice in Wonderland! The brewery smell hits you first. Then you notice what can only be described as a comfortably busy bar and seating area to your left. To the right, a big welcome with lots of smiles and a knowing- yet in no way arrogant- pride. Everyone is welcome here, whatever language you speak and wherever you come from. The brewery tour is a self-guided time warp back to simpler times. Finish off by walking past 80,000 full bottles (mercifully this is a very small brewery) and sample a couple of the 'beers'. I say this loosely because Cantillon throws the beer rulebook out of the window. Who needs yeast to brew when the local air does the job just fine?! Leave any prejudice well away and enjoy some of the best beers in the world. Then walk out and step back into reality. Utterly sublime. Outside Belgium, Cantillon is as rare as gold so buy lots whilst you are there to take home, or risk paying well over the odds.